Brighton came out on top in this Friday night duel between 2 of the in-from sides in the league, to go top of the table for a few hours at least. In a game which was expected to be fast-paced and quite tight, it was actually in fact the complete opposite, with Leeds struggling to keep up with the Seagulls when they were reduced to 10 men early on in the game.
It was that incident that was the first chance of the game; a Anthony Knockaert corner was headed goalwards by Lewis Dunk, but Leeds man Kalvin Phillips handled the ball on the line, and was sent off with very little arguments from him or his teammates. Glenn Murray stepped up to take the spot kick and cooly placed the ball down the middle. Not soon after Murray hit the side netting from another Knockaert corner, but feel he should of done a lot better with the free header. Leeds were on the back foot for the rest of the half, but could of levelled things up had Chris Wood sorted his feet out when Hadi Sacko slipped the ball into him, but it went past the ex-Seagulls striker with the goal bearing down on him. Seb Pocognoli, starting his first home league game, got the better of Luke Ayling and his cross found Murray free, but Green was on hand to tip his shot over the bar. Jamie Murphy had the first chance of the second half, when he was feed the ball by Knockaert, but his shot was easily saved by Green, before Pontus Jansson headed the ball away for a corner. Shane Duffy came close to getting his first Albion goal, but his header from a free-kick was straight at Green; either side of him and it would of been a goal. Brighton did get their second goal moments later when Tomer Hemed converted the 2nd penalty of the night, after Kyle Bartley pulled back Lewis Dunk in the box, after the Albion defender got a run on him from a free-kick. Full time went 10 minutes later, and it was the result which Brighton needed to go top of the Championship, in a game where they never really needed to get out of 2nd gear.
Stockdale (6); Not a thing to do for him, could of had his lounger and paper out it was that easy for him.
Bruno (7); A untroubled evening for him against Ronaldo Vieira, got forward often and was a threat more often than not.
Duffy (7); Could of had a couple of goals, but not yet got that first one. Fairly easy defensive duties especially when they went down to 10 men.
Dunk (7); Won both penalties, and was solid as usual at the back. Ventured forward more as Leeds got tired.
Pocognoli (7); Cracking home debut for him; took on defenders and was always looking to partner up with Murphy. Would be disappointing if he is dropped for Tuesday’s game.
Knockaert (7); Starting to get back to his best, but more just yet. Set-pieces were good, and gave Charlie Taylor a run for his money.
Norwood (7); A surprise inclusion in the starting XI, but not fault could be give his way; composed on the ball and his passing was great.
Stephens (7); Controlled the tempo of the game early on, and became easier when down to 10 men.
Murphy (7); Looked threatening early on, and gave Ayling a right headache from the get go. Subbed off to give March a run out with ALbion in control of the game.
Baldock (7); Hard work up top, but another top performance. Got through lots of running and gave Bartley and Jansson real problems throughout the game.
Murray (7); Composed penalty, and another solid performance from him. Might of had a couple more, but will still be pleased with his efforts.
March (6); Given a run out while in control of the game, and continued where Murphy left off with Ayling.
Hemed (7); Another cooly finished penalty. Held the ball up well to help run down the clock.
Skalak (N/A); Late introduction for Knockaert.
BHAFC - LUFC; Murray (24p), Hemed (83p);